The final official hurdle for the Nets' move to Brooklyn was cleared Friday, when the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously approved the team's relocation across the Hudson River to the Barclays Center, where the team will begin play this fall.
"We voted to formally approve the move, and the team name, which will be the Brooklyn Nets," NBA commissioner David Stern said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Stern then went on to praise the team's new home, where owner Mikhail Prokhorov held a press conference Tuesday.
"It's an impressive building," Stern said. "It's on-time, it might be [a bit] early, perhaps as early as August, and open September 28, and sales of tickets and suites were reported to be doing well."
Prokhorov and Barclays Center majority owner Bruce Ratner put out a statement as well. "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to David Stern and the NBA team owners for their role in making the Nets' move to Brooklyn a reality," the statement said.